Shrimp Gobies

Shrimp Gobies live in a classic symbiosis with their alpheid shrimp partners. The shrimp maintains the burrow and the goby keeps a look out for danger. Great to watch when you’ve some time to lie down on the sand when scuba diving.

Masked Shrimp Goby; Amblyeleotris gymnocephala

A common Shrimp Goby around here with a distinctive line from the eye to the gill cover.

Red margin Shrimp Goby; Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata

Another shrimp with banded markings - this one is distinguished by a red margin on the dorsal and upper caudal fins.

Yellow Shrimp Goby, Cryptocentrus cinctus

Distinguished from the Lagoon Shrimp Goby by blue spots rather than stripes on the face, we think.

Lagoon Shrimp Goby, Cryptocentrus cyanotaenia

Mis-identified as a Yellow Shrimp Goby variant for many years. The blue lines on the face were the giveaway.

Pink Shrimp Goby; Cryptocentrus leptocephalus

With distinctive, delicate, pink speckling around the head and a barred body.

Ventral barred Shrimp Goby; Cryptocentrus sericus

We are not so sure of this identification - most photos of the fish that we see show a more definite brown banding.

Spotfin Shrimp Goby; Ctenogobiops pomastictus

Better named the Gold-specked Shrimp Goby, these are smallish fish.

Blackline Shrimp Goby; Myersina nigrivirgata

Named after the black line on its side, which is not a great surprise.

Other Shrimp Gobies

Shrimp Gobies that are more rare, or difficult to identify.